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Room to Grow

DUB1 reflects Vantage Data Centers' latest data center campus investment.

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Data center developer Vantage Data Centers introduces its first $1 billion data center campus 20 minutes outside of Dublin in Grange Castle, Ireland. The campus, named DUB1, will be housed on 22 acres at Profile Park. The project will be built out in phases including one 32-megawatt (MW) facility and one 20-MW facility. With 405,000 sq. ft. of space to build on, the company will have the space to add additional data centers when needed. To get ahead of future power needs, Vantage will also construct a 100-megavolt-ampere generation plant on the campus which will use hydrotreated vegetable oil and gas from Gas Networks Ireland. The first phase of the project is expected to begin operations before the end of 2024 and will cement Vantage’s 14th data center campus location. Site Selection first talked to Vantage Data Centers President and CEO Sureel Choksi about the company’s growth strategy in March 2019.



A New EV For Chery

The new EV facility will take over a former Nissan manufacturing plant.

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China-based automotive manufacturer Chery has plans to begin producing electric vehicles for the first time in Europe with an over $420 million investment in Barcelona, Spain. The company joins forces with Ebro EV-Motors to bring new life to the former Nissan facility in the district of Catalonia’s Zona Franca industrial area. The JV will manufacture Chery’s Omoda brand and Ebro vehicles. “Europe is the cradle of the automotive industry, and Spain has been of great interest to Chery,” said Chery Executive Vice President Zhang Guibing. “This plant will create thousands of local jobs. Once this industrial park reaches the necessary scale, we will export to Europe and other countries. It will be one of Chery's main export bases worldwide. Ebro is a historic brand, and today, Ebro and Chery have found common opportunities for global leadership.”



The Supply Chain’s Missing (Cel)Link

The Georgetown facility will be built out in phases over the next few years.

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan program has dished out $362 million toward the construction of a new CelLink manufacturing facility. Located 30 miles north of Austin, Texas, the Georgetown site will focus on the development of lighter and more efficient flexible circuit wiring harnesses used across a variety of industries. This marks a significant move in building a domestic supply chain of wire harnesses, which the U.S. has mainly imported. CelLink is a major supplier for EV manufacturers like Tesla. This new plant will aim to support the creation of 2.7 million EVs per year. Once construction of up to 25 manufacturing lines is complete, over 1,200 new jobs will be created.

Reports compiled and written by Alexis Elmore, edited by Adam Bruns